15 months. That’s how long it took Linda Evans of West Farmington, Ohio to #StitchAHug. That’s the hashtag redheart.com established in 2016 to allow customers to support the Red Cross, by providing patterns for blankets.
“I was in the middle of a move,” Linda said. ” Otherwise, it probably wouldn’t have taken so long.”
The white spread with the traditional Red Cross knitted in the center arrived at Northeast Ohio headquarters in early May, accompanied by a short note that read, in part, “I hope whoever gets it will be okay!”
Red Cross workers often provide blankets to people who have been forced to flee their homes by fire, flood, or other disasters. In Northeast Ohio, the Red Cross responds on average to three such disasters every 24-hours.
That’s a lot of blankets.
“I’m grateful I have never needed your help. The Red Cross is exceptional in everything they do, and I don’t give back nearly enough, so this project sounded like a perfect match.”
Linda’s blanket touched the heart of Renee Palagyi, Regional Senior Disaster Program Manager. “What a wonderful gesture on her part. It shows how our mission touches the lives of people in so many ways, those who need our help, and those who want to reach out and help others.”
Linda hopes her blanket is big enough to “maybe snuggle up two folks.” And she writes, “I might even do another one…but not right away :)”